Angelus School – Jefferson, South Carolina
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These haunting photos from the Town of Jefferson in Chesterfield County show the ruins of an old school destroyed by fire on the morning of December 1, 2013. The school served children in grades 1 though 12. The building was converted into a community center after it ceased being a school.
Authorities are still unsure how the fire began but say the building was irreparably destroyed. The wooden structure shown below was the former school’s gymnasium. Miraculously, it was spared by the blaze.
This rural area is technically in the town of Jefferson, but locals refer to it as Macedonia-Angelus. Directly below is a photo taken of the school in the 1990s.
Contributor Jim Jenkins, who provided the photos, also was able to locate some images of the school and gymnasium (bottom photo) from between 1935 and 1950 from the South Carolina State Insurance Division:
We are looking for more information on the old school. If you have a story about Macedonia-Angelus or these buildings in particular, please send it to the South Carolina Picture Project so we can add it to this page. Thank you!
Reflections on the Angelus School
Valued contributor Jim Jenkins, who took the above photos, shares the following about Angelus School: “One of the buildings still standing was an old gym. I played basketball in this gym as a visitor in the early 1950s. Most every community in Chesterfield County that had a high school had a basketball team. The gym at Angelus is the only wooden gym I can recall. I knew the wooden gym was still standing when I passed by years ago, but I was surprised to find it still there on Monday.
“The community is called Macedonia-Angelus today. My mother’s family lived in that area when they were growing up, and the younger members of the family attended Angelus School. I believe the building that burned was a newer building than the one my mother’s family attended. The area serves as a recreation site today, and you can see ball fields behind the school that burned.”
Angelus School Info
Address: 1859 Macedonia-Angelus Road, Jefferson, SC 29718
GPS Coordinates: 34.591877,-80.335140
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